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Academic Development Directorate

SOAS Scholars: Thinking Globally!

SOAS Scholars is a project aiming to enable talented Year 12 students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to progress to selective Higher Education institutions. It utilizes SOAS' unique position - as the place for those who want to develop their understanding of the world, widen their horizons and re-examine preconceptions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East - as the foundation for an engaging, challenging and useful outreach programme.

SOAS Scholars consists of ten Saturday morning sessions (10am to 1pm) taking place on selected dates between October and March. These sessions will consists of a mixture of small group project work with current SOAS students, masterclasses delivered by SOAS lecturers, and study support. Lunch will be provided. In addition, the opportunity to attend summer schools will be provided, and quarterly meetings will take place when participants have progressed to Year 13.

One of the founding principles of SOAS Scholars is that exposure to different disciplines is a valuable tool for developing skills that will positively impact on participants' current studies (as well as giving a fuller picture of options available in HE). As such, participants will sample different academic disciplines during the course of the project. These will be taken from SOAS' specialisms in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (including Law), and pupils with an interest in one of these areas will be most suitable for the project. 

Please see the documents below for further information on the project, and please note that the application deadline for 2015 is Friday 25th September.

SOAS Scholars Flyer (pdf; 1048kb)
SOAS Scholars Application Form (msword; 42kb)
SOAS Scholars Information for Teachers (pdf; 100kb)

Pupils with a particular interest in languages are encouraged to apply for the Step-On project also offered by SOAS.